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White Wine Macaroni and Cheese

White Wine Mac and Cheese is elegant and romantic with flavors of crisp white wine and thyme to cut the heavier sharp white cheddar cheese. With just a touch of bacon in the crunchy topping, the ingredients in this wine macaroni and cheese blend so perfectly, they may convince you to never go back to traditional mac and cheese again.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people
Calories 1232 kcal


  • 6 oz corkscrew shaped pasta
  • 2 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbs all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 2 ½ cups shredded Vermont white sharp cheddar divided
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • pinch fresh cracked pepper
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs plain panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 slice bacon cooked and crumbled


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta to al dente according to package directions.
  • While pasta is cooking, heat a medium saucepan with the butter and flour, whisking until smooth. When it starts to bubble a little, cook 1 minute. Add the thyme and cook another 30 seconds. Slowly add the wine and milk, whisking constantly. Cook, stirring, ~2 minutes until just a little thickened.
  • Remove from the heat and add 2 cups of the cheese, salt, pepper, and mustard. Stir until smooth.
  • When the pasta is done, drain and add to the cheese sauce. Ladle into 2 (14 oz) ramekins to serve 2 as a main course. Alternatively, use a small casserole dish to serve 4 as a side dish. Top with the remaining cheese.
  • In a small bowl, combine the panko breadcrumbs, bacon, and olive oil, and top the mac and cheese. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes until very bubbly and golden on top.


This recipe makes mac and cheese for two as a main dish or four as a side dish.


Calories: 1232kcal (62%) | Carbohydrates: 80g (27%) | Protein: 61g (122%) | Fat: 79g (122%) | Saturated Fat: 10g (63%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 229mg (76%) | Sodium: 1842mg (80%) | Potassium: 294mg (8%) | Fiber: 3g (13%) | Sugar: 13g (14%) | Calcium: 3410mg (341%) | Iron: 3mg (17%)

Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Keyword mac and cheese for two, white wine mac and cheese
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